Trail Dog Reviews: Jack explores Grayson Highlands

first_imgThere are multiple chances for meeting other animals on your trail runs, both domestic and wild.  Most wild animals run from me (oh how I do love to chase the deer and squirrels!). The big ones like black bears in this area are most likely going to run away from you too.  If you see cubs then momma bear is near by and its time to get out of there ASAP! If a bear starts coming towards you then you need to stand your ground and remain calm. Back away slowly and most likely the bear will not come towards you.  If it does charge you then pick your dog up (if you can) and then stand as tall as possible. This will most likely stop the charge. Black bears don’t want to fight you, they are usually just guarding food, territory or young when they are charging or swiping the ground.   This can cause a normally good dog to become aggressive in the tight confines of single track.  If that is your dog then you need to consider giving more space to other dogs and consider tieing a yellow ribbon to your dog’s leash (   My human has a few points for these dog to dog interactions. This run takes a while to get there, but my pawrents love it. They kept talking about these creatures, the miniature horses, while we were driving there. They were hoping we would see some. Not sure what they are, but not really looking forward to “seeing” them. When we have time, we run the Cabin Creek Trail. The access for this is down the Virginia Horse Trail toward the horse stables to the side of the field at Massie Gap. This is a nice shaded 1.5 mile loop. There are several creek crossings and in the spring a lot of pretty flowers. At the far end of the trail loop is a great waterfall and creek pools. The water is cold, even in August. Grayson Highlands State Park, VA Massie Gap to Mt Rogers and back.Round trip 8.5 miles to 10 depending on which trails. We wind through the mountains and finally arrive at the Massie Gap parking lot in Grayson Highlands State Park. When we get out the car, these large beasties come toward us; I stay in the car. They are funny looking with all this wild hair and no paws. I guess these are the miniature horses, and I hope they don’t follow us on the trail. We start at Massie Gap inside of Grayson Highlands State Park. We start by crossing the field and going through the gate to access the Rhododendron Trail for less than a mile. This trail intersects with the Appalachian Trail(AT). After about 1.5 miles through the National Forest, you will come to the signage for the Mt Rogers Spur trail. This is a quick half mile up to the Mt. Rogers Summit at 5,715 feet. This is the only section of the trail that has trees and shade. The trees are spruce and look more like the Pacific Northwest than Southwest Virginia. center_img The summit is a little uneventful. Even from my height, I know there isn’t a view from the summit. We usually relax a little here, before starting the return trip home. This out and back is a little over 1,400 feet elevation of climb. The distance can vary from 8.5 to 10 miles depending on the different trails that you take through the state park. Not a lot of shade on this route, I have worn the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler and Jet Cooler Vest and it worked well to keep me cooler on these sunny runs. Unfortunately, it’s domestic animals that bug me the most and interrupt my trail runs.  I just like to run. I don’t really care about the barking/growling dog coming toward me; I just want to keep going down the trail.  Check out more pictures and adventures on my Instagram @pawsaroundthepeninsula Animal Encounter Tips If you can’t control your pooch on a leash, then you need to consider a harness (Ruffwear) and or a head halter (Gentle leader). If you have a dog that is barking at other animals on the trail you need to remove that dog from the trail. Dogs on leash are a little more apprehensive and can’t get away.  Here, you turn left and travel on the AT southbound. There are open views and rock scrambles that are fun to go over. Some water holes exist in the cracks so it’s a nice spot for me to drink and soak.  More ponies along the way if you are lucky or, in my thoughts, unlucky. There are also large cattle with big horns that I do not want to be skewered with. We pass through the state park and enter into the National Forest. There are views and rock outcroppings along the route. We also pass one of those shelters along the AT and enter the Lewis Fork Wilderness. last_img read more

Credit unions, CUSOs fighting fraudsters

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions across the country are on high alert for scammers looking to take advantage of members during the pandemic and are stepping up fraud prevention efforts as a result,” according to PYMNTS’ April Credit Union Tracker® done in collaboration with PSCU.Detailing warnings recently issued by New York’s Sidney Federal Credit Union and the City of Boston Credit Union, among many others, credit union (CU) members are the target of cyberattackers posing as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other legitimate organizations publicly associated with the pandemic response.The fact that fraudsters use tragedy for their own gain is nothing new, of course. But attack vectors and sheer COVID-induced mayhem are ideal conditions for cybertheft, and CUs are in the crosshairs of several familiar scams that have rapidly spread, much like COVID itself.Analyze and StrategizeCUs have taken heat for not following tech trends or digitizing fast enough. Ironically, the fact that many CUs have undertaken core systems upgrades can make them a more visible target, although one that has been hardened against just these kinds of cyber raids.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Medical Marijuana Program Patient Registry Reaches 3,800 in First Week

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that just over 3,800 patients and more than 200 caregivers have registered for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program since the Medical Marijuana Patient and Caregiver Registry launched last week.“Since I signed medical marijuana into law in 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has been laser-focused on implementation,” Governor Wolf said. “The success of the patient registry one week since it was announced is another indicator of the need for this vital medication, and a testament to the department’s commitment to making medical marijuana available to patients in 2018.”“The response from patients and caregivers has been extremely positive,” Acting Secretary for the Department of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Right now, patients and caregivers across Pennsylvania can go to our website at and register to participate in the medical marijuana program. Their next step is to visit an approved doctor to become certified with the program.”Prior to registering, patients and caregiver should take these steps:Talk to your physician to see if medical marijuana is right for you and ask them if they are registered with the program;Make sure the address on your state-issued identification or driver’s license match where you currently reside; andIf you need assistance in getting your medical marijuana, designate a caregiver to help.“When patients or caregivers are registering, they need to be sure to follow the instructions on the registry,” Dr. Levine said. “It is especially important to enter in your identification information exactly as it appears on your driver’s license or state-issued ID.”The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved 324 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries physicians and laboratories, all which have appeared in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Approved four training providers for physician continuing education;Approved two laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients; andApproved three grower/processors to begin production of medical marijuana.The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented by 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a physician’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Questions about the Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to [email protected] Information is also available on the Department of Health website at more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. November 08, 2017center_img Governor Wolf Announces Medical Marijuana Program Patient Registry Reaches 3,800 in First Weeklast_img read more